The International Olympic Committee has suspended Russia from competing in 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea after “the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules” in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Individual Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR),” if they can prove they have abided by the IOC’s anti-doping rules, according to a statement from the IOC.
However, these chosen athletes will have to sport a neutral uniform and their national anthem and flag will not be displayed during any ceremonies. Additionally, their achievements will not be recorded as Russia’s, instead, the record books will display that Russia won zero medals during the upcoming Winter Games.
The Russian Olympic Committee involved with the 2014 doping scandal has also been banned from participating in any future Olympic Games and has to reimburse the IOC for $15 million for the costs incurred during the investigation.
The IOC Executive Board reached today’s decision after a 17-month investigation into the “systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system and laboratory by Russia in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014.